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News for New Kent County and Charles City County, Virginia | November 21, 2018

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Charles City leaders approve Route 106 master plan

By Andre Jones | October 23, 2018 9:20 pm

Charles City supervisors unanimously approved the adoption of a plan to revamp the Route 106 (Roxbury) corridor. Assistant Zoning Administrator Myles Busching presented an abbreviated overview of the master plan at Tuesday night’s board meeting. The plan has been in the works since Dec. 2017 and the administrator talked about the processes he went through in developing the proposal. “The planning department had six different community meetings,” Busching said. “In our research, we found out that nearly one-third of new developments coming to the county are within two miles of Route 106. “The Roxbury area has been identified as the…
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Keen observation by New Kent deputy leads to grand larceny guilty verdict

By Andre Jones | October 23, 2018 1:55 am

A keen observation by a New Kent deputy during a routine patrol proved instrumental in finding a Hampton man guilty of grand larceny. Marvin Jamaal Banks, 42, of the 100 block of San Barbara Drive, was found guilty on the one charge during a Monday afternoon trial in New Kent Circuit Court. One charge of burglary and misdemeanor pretrial violation are being reserved by Judge B. Elliott Bondurant pending an additional argument of interpretation by Commonwealth’s Attorney Linwood Gregory and defense attorney Scott Renick. On Jan. 3, Deputy Ethan Townsend was working the midnight shift when he noticed a red…
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Joyride in stolen car results in grand theft auto conviction for Richmond woman

By Andre Jones | October 22, 2018 10:20 pm

What started out as a joyride for a defendant ended up as a guilty conviction after a contested trial Monday afternoon in New Kent Circuit Court. Carsheeka Chantel Kimbrough, 25, of the 2300 block of Bainbridge, Richmond, was found guilty on a single count of grand theft auto. She was found not guilty on two charges of credit card theft and a lone charge of misdemeanor contributing to the delinquency of a minor. On June 16 of this year, Di’mon Solomon was attending a graduation party at a hotel in Henrico. Around 2 a.m., she attempted to leave but could…
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Teenager to serve time in juvenile detention for drug deal gone bad in New Kent

By Andre Jones | October 15, 2018 10:22 pm

In a drug robbery attempt gone wrong, a Charles City teenager will serve time in the Department of Juvenile Justice after accepting terms of a plea agreement Monday afternoon in New Kent Circuit Court. Isaac Tyrell Sturdivant, 18, of the 19000 block of Turk Drive, entered guilty pleas to an amended charge of shooting into an occupied vehicle (originally use of a firearm in commission of a felony), attempted robbery, and conspiracy to commit robbery. In a summary of evidence provided by Commonwealth’s Attorney Linwood Gregory, student at Bridging Communities Career and Technical Center overhead Sturdivant talking about a drug…
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Man found guilty for high-speed chase, crashing car into home in New Kent

By Andre Jones | October 15, 2018 10:20 pm

A former Newport News man who led a state trooper on a high-speed chase through James City County and New Kent County that resulted in a car crashing into a home has been found guilty of felony eluding. Brandon Ralfel Robinson, 30, formerly of the 700 block of Topsider Court, received guilty verdicts on one charge each of felony eluding of police, misdemeanor driving revoked (third of subsequent offense), misdemeanor failing to report an accident, and misdemeanor reckless driving during a contested trial Monday afternoon in New Kent Circuit Court. On March 17, 2017 around 6 a.m., Trooper James Shaw…
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Tornado touches down in Lanexa; Tropical Storm Michael damages New Kent, Charles City

By Andre Jones | October 15, 2018 8:58 pm
A tree stretches across Barnetts Road just prior to the railroad tracks in Charles City.

A tornado spawned in the Lanexa area of New Kent was the result of Hurricane/Tropical Storm Michael on Oct. 11. The National Weather Service determined Friday afternoon that an EF0 tornado, capable of wind speeds reaching between 65-85 miles per hour, touched down near Colony Trail causing massive damage to the area. The tornado was one of seven that touched down according to the National Weather Service. The tornado warning went out early Thursday morning to most of Virginia localities, including New Kent and Charles City. Superintendents of schools closed schools early while businesses boarded up. The storm passed through…
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Former Charles City man receives three-year prison sentence on attempted arson conviction

By Andre Jones | October 5, 2018 7:17 pm

A former Charles City man will serve three years in jail after receiving formal sentencing on an attempted arson and felony obstruction of justice charge Friday morning in Charles City Circuit Court. Brent Edward Tanner, 47, formerly of the 18000 block of The Glebe Lane, learned his punishment as the result of an Aug. 3 contested trial. During that trial, evidence presented by Commonwealth’s Attorney Rob Tyler show that the defendant had gotten into an argument with Sandra Dickerson. Tanner threw gasoline on the home and was close to light it before being tackled by Timothy English. After the defendant’s…
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Talleysville Fire Station groundbreaking takes place in New Kent

By Robb Johnson | October 3, 2018 8:44 am
County leaders, representatives, and elected officials break ground on the Talleysville Fire Station at Tuesday morning's ceremony.Robb Johnson photo

Tuesday’s groundbreaking ceremony for New Kent’s Fire Station #5 exemplified continuing group in the county. The station, located in Talleysville, not only will make the community safer, but it is a need for the county safety that has reached an all-time high. County supervisors Thomas Evelyn, Tommy Tiller, Patricia Paige, Ron Stiers, Ray Davis, and county administrator Rodney Hathaway echoed their support for the new fire station Tuesday morning. While firefighters and EMS workers continue to work the front line, county leaders are looking to support them in their mission. “We set aside funding in the FY18 budget in the…
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Rezoning of land provides first step of possible Dollar General in Charles City

By Andre Jones | September 28, 2018 12:29 pm

For decades, Charles City citizens have lobbied local leaders for commercial business to bring shopping opportunities to the county. An approval for rezoning a portion of land in the center of Charles City provided the first steps of a major retailer coming to the county. Charles City supervisors approved the rezoning request by Par 5 Development Group after reconvening Thursday morning (Sept. 27) as a part of a continuation of the Sept. 25 meeting. On Sept. 25, Charles City’s Planning Commission forwarded a favorable 6-0 recommendation to county leaders to rezone a portion of agricultural land to business for the…
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Defendant’s story ‘far-fetched’; convicted on grand larceny, destruction of property charges

By Andre Jones | September 24, 2018 9:10 pm

Sometimes there are stories that seem to good to be real. For one Richmond man, his version of events on Nov. 6, 2017 led Judge B. Elliott Bondurant to deem them as a “fabrication” and resulted in a 23-month jail term. Thomas Christopher Pryor, 32, of the 200 block of Accommodation Street, was found guilty on one count each of grand larceny and felony destruction of property during a contested trial Monday in New Kent Circuit Court. Two charges of misdemeanor violation of pretrial conditions were dismissed. On the offense date around 11:20 p.m., Charles Ward, owner of Safe N…
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